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One New Man Art Painting: The first born olive tree

The First Born Olive Tree

Scriptures: “For every first-born among the people of Israel is Mine, both of man and animal. I set them apart for Myself.”  (Numbers 8:17b)

“Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son.” (Exodus 4:22)

“and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship Me.” But you refused to let him go.” (Exodus 4:23)

“They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I Am Israel’s Father, and Ephraim is My firstborn son.” (Jeremiah 31:9)

“Is not Ephraim My dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore My heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him,” declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 31:20)

“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.” (Hosea 11:1)

Israel, God’s First Born is depicted here as a small Olive Tree growing out of the soil of the Earth, in that ‘special’ place God calls “My Land”. 

I chose red as the colour palate for God’s Land, throughout this series of Olive tree paintings. It’s a consistent reminder that the blood of the Lamb was shed, and soaked into the earth He created, the Land He owned and  for the people He loves.

Oranges and yellows blend and build upon the red of the soil to depict the richness and glory on the Land of Israel, that God calls “My Land”.

The green leaves of the young Olive Tree contrasts with the red landscape and stands out against the purple and blue mountainous background. 

This fragile sign of divine life is destined to carry the weight of world redemption, a gift from the our Father of His Son.

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